Exclusive: ‘Maravilla’ Martinez questions whether Canelo is too small for Chavez Jr. at 164.5lbs
Former world middleweight champion Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez has welcomed the recent announcement of a massive all-Mexican battle between Canelo Alvarez and former opponent Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Two-weight world title holder Canelo and Chavez, a one-time WBC ruler at 160 pounds, have agreed to face-off on Cinco de Mayo weekend in Las Vegas and Martinez sees the clash as a sound addition to the 2017 calendar.
A catchweight agreement of 164.5lbs was reached between both sides as Canelo piles on the weight and Chavez squeezes back, in order to decide who is the biggest name in Mexican boxing at the moment.
“I think Canelo v Chavez Jr. is a good idea and to make that fight at 164.5 pounds,” Martinez exclusively told World Boxing News.
“But I’m not sure if Canelo can feel good at that weight as I think it’s still a little small to fight against a super middleweight.
“Saying that, I’m sure will be a great fight and the winners will only be the boxing fans. It’s a highly-anticipated fight by all,” he added.
Martinez defeated Chavez in September 2012, a fight that was long in the making but turned out to have an explosive finale. The Argentinian dominated the bout by staying on the outside, until the final round when Martinez decided to trade blows with the bigger Chavez.
Dropped by a solid shot, Martinez spent most of the last two minutes fending off the advances of Chavez but had already done more than enough in the early rounds to be crowned a convincing winner.
Canelo v Chavez is expected to be a far different affair on May 6.